The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - FEATURE -

This was my first full-size vi­o­lin, I’ve had it nearly 30 years, and I still play it on tour. It was bought for me at auc­tion by my vi­o­lin teacher after my par­ents raised the money – my mother was a won­der­ful singer and she and my dad would play any­where. It was made in Ger­many in the 1930s and it has very rich, deep, soft tones like a vi­ola. I’ve got to know this vi­o­lin and it has got to know me, I play a cer­tain way and it re­sponds to me. It’s been very good to me.

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